Winchester “White Box” 147gr JHP in Clear Ballistics gel.

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Test Gun: Sig P229, Beretta Nano.

Barrel length: 3.9 inches, 3 inches.

Ammunition: Winchester 147gr JHP (USA9JHP2)

Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics gel.

Distance: 10 feet.

Chronograph: PACT 1 XP with inferred sky screens.

The recent testing of the Winchester White Box 115gr JHP seemed to be very popular so when the opportunity came up to try the 147gr version I took it. Even though this ammo is considered a “bargain brand” it’s hard to consider it a bargain when it was $22 for this box locally. Right now we live in a time of falling ammo prices and online HST’s and Gold Dots can be found for less, so I have to wonder why one would pay more for this and “similar” brands. Maybe for some reason, someone is limited to what they can get at their local Wal-Mart.

The first shot into bare gel had a velocity of 908fps and penetrated to 17.75 inches with an expansion of .53 inches. Round two penetrated to 17 inches with an expansion of .54 inches and a velocity of 915fps.

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In heavy clothing, the first round hit at 911fps penetrated to 15 inches with an “expansion” of .51 inches. As you can see it didn’t expand so much as deformed a little. The bullet took a sharp downward turn at about the 12-inch mark in the block. I believe this is why the penetration was less than the others. Round two had a velocity of 948fps, penetrated to 17.75 inches and expanded to .48 inches.

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Out of the short barreled Nano, round one in bare gel ran at 918fps for a penetration of 19 inches and expanded to .53 inches. round two traveled 20 inches, also expanded to .53 inches with a velocity of 901fps.

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I found it interesting that the bullets fired for the Nano had similar velocity and recovered diameter to the rounds fired from the P229 but penetrated slightly further.

 

 

 

 

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